After the past couple of SQL Server releases, there’s little doubt about the importance of business intelligence (BI) for businesses. SQL Server 2008 R2 introduced PowerPivot and the concept of managed self-service BI. SQL Server 2012 extended this farther with the introduction of Power View, a data navigation and visualization tool.

BI can be a vital tool to help businesses be more efficient and more competitive by allowing staff to make faster and better decisions. But what is it about BI and data warehousing technol­ogy that enables better decision making? This Technical Advisor answers that question and introduces you to the world of BI and data warehouses.